Wilting Leaves - Knowledgebase Question

Murrysville, PA
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Question by raywwc
March 4, 2000
about nine months ago my family recieved 2 spathiphyllum house plants they did real well from may thruogh december we have now transplanted them into bigger pots we have fertilized them with miracle grow they now seem to have wilted leaves although they are both sprouting new foliage the leaves are totally bent over they are kept in our living room where there is morning light there are no signs of bugs on the plant or in the soil the reason we transplanted was we thought the wilted leaves meant they wheree root bound they were wilted before we transplanted them thanku very much i will await your answer

Answer from NGA
March 4, 2000
Based on your description it is difficult to make a definite diagnosis, but here are some possibilities. Spathiphyllum, the Peace Lily, is a great houseplant if it
can be kept out of direct sunlight in a room which is
reasonable warm and bright in the winter. It hates cold drafts, and
loves humidity, so keep the potting soil moist and stand the
pot in a tray filled with pebbles, kept with a half inch of
water in it. Your plant may have needed repotting, and now that it has been done it may be getting more water than it needs -- the oisl should be moist but not sopping wet. Often, when leaves droop on a
plant, it indicates either too much or too little water, or the light isn't
quite right. Finally, spathiphyllum needs a minimum winter nighttime
temperature of 55F degrees (has it been a cool spot?) and bright light - strong sunlight
will damage the leaves. Now that the days are getting longer it may be too bright for your plant where you have it. I hope this helps.

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